4 vehicles torched in capital

Pro-hartal activists torch a bus on Topkhana road in the capital on Monday.

Pro-hartal activists torched four vehicles in different parts of the capital on Monday, on the eve of a 36-hour countrywide shutdown called by the BNP-led 18-party alliance.

The vehicles were set on fire at Shukrabad, Karwan Bazar, Naya Paltan and Dhanmondi.

In Shukrabad, some pro-hartal activists set fire to a microbus around noon, said an official of Fire Service and Civil Defence.

Locals doused the fire before the firemen reached the spot.

The pro-hartal activists also set fire to a Leguna (human hauler) in front of Eye Foundation in Dhanmondi around noon.

In Karwan Bazar, hartal supporters set fire to a bus stationed in front of Pragati Bhaban around 2:30pm, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports.

Locals put out the blaze before firefighters rushed to the spot.

UNB adds: Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists vandalised and torched a vehicle near BNP central office in Naya Paltan around noon.

The agitating activists of JCD, the student wing of BNP, went on rampage as police disperse their procession charging batons and using teargas shells.

Police also fired blank gunshots during the incident.

The JCD men brought out the procession near the party central office in support of their 36-hour shutdown.

The 18-party alliance on Sunday announced the 36-hour countrywide hartal from 6:00am Tuesday protesting as a Dhaka court denied bail to seven top BNP leaders in connection with seven vandalism cases.

Source: The Daily Star

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